A tweet consisting of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and national anthem protest inventor Colin Kaepernick kneeling, while U.S. soldiers wade ashore at Normandy. Heated up the Internet over the Thanksgiving holiday, raising debate on both sides of the anthem protest issue.
Former Blaze personality and current Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren posted the image on Thanksgiving Day adding, “Food for thought.” The photo of Kaepernick carries a caption reading “Citizen of the Year:”
The caption alludes to GQ magazine’s choice of the former NFL player as its “Citizen of the Year” this year because of his central role in inventing the anti-American protests that have infected the NFL.
Kaepernick was declared the magazine’s “citizen of the year” despite the fact that he admits that he has never voted in an election and has said his anthem protest is a strike against a country he insists has “never been great.”
Last year Kaepernick confirmed that his protest was one against the country and everything for which it stands.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in an interview last August. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Kaepernick also has a long history of attacking police. Without proof he has called them murderers, he ridiculed them by wearing “pig socks” which depicted cops as pigs, and he’s compared police to slave catchers.
Additionally, Kaepernick has been seen wearing a Fidel Castro shirt thereby celebrating a man who has murdered hundreds of thousands of political opponents over the last 50 years.
Lahren’s Twitter post brought out defenders of the meme as well as Kaepernick’s fans. Lahren’s supporters insisted that Kaepernick is in the wrong with his protests.
The only thing that upsets me more than those that co-opt our flag and anthem are those that exploit my family’s sacrifice and service for their political agenda. You should be ashamed.
3 yrs ago, Tamir Rice, a 12 year old African American boy was killed by police for carrying a toy gun. Since then multiple other POC have been killed at the hands of the state. Kap kneeling has nothing to do w/ WWII, The Flag or Anthem & everything to do w/ equal justice for all
As a veteran I don’t feel disrespected by those who kneel to protest injustice. I do feel disrespected by Trump pissing on the Constitution.
On the other hand, many criticized Lahren for her actions.